Top Stories 2012: Cos Cob Opposes Plan for Synagogue

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A debate over a proposed synagogue in a residential neighborhood of Cos Cob is one of top Greenwich stories of 2012.
A debate over a proposed synagogue in a residential neighborhood of Cos Cob is one of top Greenwich stories of 2012. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

GREENWICH, Conn. – As 2012 comes to a close, The Greenwich Daily Voice is counting down some of the top stories of the year.

A proposed 38,000-square-foot synagogue on Orchard Street met stiff resistance from Cos Cob residents, who said it would cause traffic problems in the densely populated area.

About 100 residents showed up for a Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on Nov. 27, and a lawyer for Cos Cob Families Fighting for Residential Rights convinced the committee to investigate the plans further, delaying a vote until late January.

The committee had not planned to vote on whether to allow the synogogue, only whether to change the lot lines of the property. But the lawyer argued that changing the lot lines would violate town zoning laws.

Representatives of Jewish Reform Synagogue have since reduced the proposed size of the building to 20,000 square feet.

The Planning and Zoning Committee will continue deliberations on the synagogue Jan. 31.

Click here to read the full article about the tense meeting.

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